Five years after independence, South Sudan faces myriad challenges

by Lyndal Rowlands

Refugees displaced by conflict. Photo: Jared Ferrie/IPS
Over two million South Sudanese have been displaced by ongoing conflict. Photo: Jared Ferrie/IPS

South Sudan has a population of just over 11 million people, 2.3 million of whom have fled their homes due to ongoing violence. About 1.61 million South Sudanese are displaced within South Sudan, and over 720,000 have sought refuge in neigbouring countries according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).